Winter School ’14: Join Us in Pisa!
The Rockford Institute's Ninth Annual Winter School
How Pisa Led the Fight Against Insurgent Islam
Pisa, Italy • January 14-21, 2014
In the dark days of the Islamic conquests, when Muslim pirates raided Rome and conquered the Western Mediterranean, tiny Pisa drove the Saracens out of Sardinia and took the war to North Africa. Her fleet was the naval arm of the First Crusade, and her sailors played an heroic part in the naval struggle with the Turks.
Join us for a week in Pisa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Of course, we’ll visit the Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Duomo and Baptistery, the Campo Santo (an above-ground cemetery with soil from the Holy Land), and the famous Leaning Tower, but we’ll also be looking at all the beautiful churches and museums of this gem of a city, including S. Stefano, with its trophies of naval victories over the Turks, and S. Pero ad gradus, the church built to commemorate the landing of St. Peter. We’ll take a day trip to Lucca, only 35 minutes away. Most tourists spend a few hours gawking at the tower and the cathedral, and then, they’re gone, but Pisa is a city of crusaders and pirates, scholars and scientists. It is also a city of poets, like Leopardi and Carducci, Byron and Shelley, or like Dante, who cursed it.
Join Tom and Gail Fleming, who have been exploring every nook and cranny of the town for 25 years, along with James Easton.
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